• 28 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 28 --  Leaders from various sectors called on the public to remain committed to the peace process amidst recent challenges, especially the tragedy in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, last January 25, which claimed nearly 50 lives. “[It’s] difficult but we still have to believe in the peace process. My brother, a captain, was killed in Basilan in 1998. I dedicated my support to waging peace in memory of his sacrifice,” Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. said. The solon intimated that among those killed in Mamasapano was his cousin. “The natural emotional tendency is to condemn, to doubt, to grieve and to call for aggression,” he added. “But the courageous thing for us to do is to pray and to believe, still.” “The CBCP [Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines] mourns with the families of the gallant policemen, victims of an utterly senseless act of violence in Mindanao,” CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said. According to Villegas, while the CBCP condemns such violence, “we cannot side with those who call for the discontinuance of peace talks.” “If anything, this sad incident underscores the necessity and the urgenc ...Read more

Palace calls on lawmakers to focus on goal of bringing lasting peace to Mindanao

 CENTRAL  28 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 28 -- The Palace on Tuesday urged legislators who have withdrawn their support from the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to focus on the goal of achieving lasting peace and stability in Mindanao.“While recognizing the challenges posed by the violent incident in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, it ...Read more

Chief justice, lawmakers rally behind peace process

 CENTRAL  28 January 2015
MANILA, Jan. 28  – The Supreme Court chief justice and several lawmakers reiterated their support for the Bangsamoro peace process in the wake of an armed encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January 25, which claimed several lives, including members of the Philippine National Police - Speci ...Read more